Author Interview with Wilnona Marie

27470824I’m interviewing Wilnona Marie today, author of “And I Thought Divorce was Bad”.

 1)    How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for twenty four years now.  If you mean profesionaly from the time of publishing at seventeen years of age,well then it would be seventeen years.
 2)    What is your favorite genre to write?
 Suspense/Thriller. My favorite characters are in a suspense series. I love writing with these characters therefore it is my favorite genre.
 3)    Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?  
 Fan Fiction. I would love to give this a try. When you write your own work everything is created by the author, but with fan fiction there is a universe you have to stay true too. I want to be part of a story that is massively bigger than my contribution.
 4)    Please tell us about your book.
And I Thought Divorce Was Bad is the stories of five women who has there lives turned upside down. One author with an emotionally abusive marriage, another an abusive childhood,others deal with disappointment and heart break.Life had changed for the worse and they are tired of just surviving the storm, they want to thrive,but they have changed so much from life’s bumps it is hard for them to recognize themselves let alone go forward. Since they are not the same people they were  before they must learn how to accept themselves in order to flourish.
 5)    Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?
Laurie is my favoriate character because she is fighting her demons, and making headway in her own right. She knows she isn’t adhering to social norms, but she is proud of what the actions she takes. My least favorite, this is a hard call, I guess if pressed I would have to say Yvette. She is to eager to move on with life without doing the work of a review
 6)    What was the hardest part about writing your book? 
Writing with other authors.  The writing was fun, but deciding the order and editing the book was a new challenge. I am used to working alone so when I make decisions I just have to check with myself and my team. When writing with others there is just so much more to the process. It was also and expansion in my work
 7)    What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?
I write almost every day, because I really love the creative art of the written word. Normally if I start a book it become an obsession until I am done. My biggest quirk is I write from the back of a notebook to the front and by hand.
 8)    How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?
This book was different for me it just poured out so it took nine days.
 9)    Can you tell us about your editing process?
I send it two amazing editors they work their skills to the point when I get it back I barely know my own price.
 10)    Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?
It was not planned as a series but it is becoming one. There are three books planned. One about Independence and love.  The last one will be about settling down and being content.
 11)    Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Keep writing. Persistence pays off
 12)    Why should everyone read your book?
It makes the reader feel, and reflect on their life choices. A few readers say they were re-introduced to issues they thought they had resolved. It is raw book with life lessons
 applicable to most who read the stories.
 13)    If you could meet three authors, dead or alive,which authors would you choose?  
Jane Austen,(because who doesn’t love Mr. Darcy) Charles Dickens (simply to know how how satisfying literary revenge can become) and Janet Evanovich(she is just amazing)
 14)    What inspired you to write your book?
My sister one day ask me to put all my poetry and short stories about dating after divorce and recovering from an abusive relationship in a book.  I said no. Poetry doesn’t sell.  I dropped the idea. Later that week I met my cardiologist for the first time during the visit she told me I should write a collection of stories about my life.  Two
 days after that I go to the dentist, briefly we chat(because it is impossible to talk with a drill in your mouth.) and she wants to know if I will ever do a collection of poems and stories.  I caved and wrote the book.
 15)    Are you working on something at the moment? If so,can you tell us more about it?
I am finishing up for print the first installment of my first series. This is a series of mysteries/suspense novels. Secondly, I am releasing my autobiography, and third, I am writing the prequel to this book. That is about the struggles of growing up and becoming an adult, and first romantic encounters. I have my first romance novel in the works. My editors are a little overwhelmed because all those manuscripts are sitting on their desk and I just finished the second book in the children’s fantasy series.

About the Book

When your life changes where do you find yourself? How do you find yourself? This is a collection of short stories and poems describing the journey of four women as they cope with life, accept the changes, and discover their new selves.

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